Monday, December 5, 2011

It's Snowing!

I don’t have much to talk about today, except to tell you about my very early morning.

Last night I couldn’t sleep. There had been some discussion that it might snow today, but I wasn’t expecting it to take place last night. So when I looked out the window to see white flurries blowing around outside, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I woke Beth up and convinced her to get dressed and come downstairs with me. We ran across the hall into the room of our friends, Natalie and Lydia, and then raced downstairs.

Here, we ran into a problem. It was 1:15 in the morning, and freshmen have a midnight curfew here at good ol’ ACU. Fortunately, a very kind desk manager gave us permission to run outside into the snow. I apologize to all of the other residents of the dorm who were awoken by our high-pitched squealing. We tried to be quiet, I promise, but it’s hard not to laugh out loud when you’re skidding across wet sidewalk and blinking snow from your lashes.

I haven’t seen real snow since I was 12 and we were living in Virginia. Houston doesn’t really get snow – ever. There were a few brief flurries my junior year on December 4, 2009 (don’t ask me why I know the date) and I’ve seen it briefly on a few visits to other states, but that’s about all the snow I’ve had for a long time. All I want to do is run outside and play in it – hit Beth in the head with another snowball, make snow angels, taste it on my tongue. Unfortunately, I have class and homework – a math test to study for, a paper to write, a science project to complete – so the playing will have to wait. I still can’t believe that while I sit in my windowless classrooms, there is snow – real, actual snow – covering the campus outside.

I don’t know if there are any lessons to learn from snow, but I just wanted to share my happiness and excitement with you. I felt like a kid again. The snow was and is beautiful. I love to see it on the cars – a visual metaphor of beauty and purity covering and subduing man’s technology. I think snow is one of God’s best ideas.

It’s going to be a good week.

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